Motivational sessions give young people Kickstart for employment

Employers and guest speakers have been delivering weekly motivational sessions to help young people in the borough get back into work.

Motivational sessions give young people Kickstart for employment

Over 30 employers have attended the sessions over six weeks organised by Telford Jobcentre Plus and Telford & Wrekin Council’s Youth Hub, part of the council’s wider Job Box service.

The events at Southwater One, Telford, have helped to match young people with employment opportunities and encourage them to sign up for Kickstart programmes.

As a result, many young people, aged 18-24, have successfully lined up Kickstart places or have secured other roles with local employers.

Kickstart targets 16-24-year-olds who are claiming universal credit and at risk of long-term unemployment, but referrals for the government scheme close on March 1.

The sessions have also helped to inspire young people, boost their confidence, and give them experience of meeting and talking with employers face-to-face.

One of the employers who has supported the session is Lee Thompson, Employability Co-ordinator for the Shrewsbury Town In The Community programme.

Lee said: “These sessions are a great way of getting young people back into work by highlighting the Kickstart programme and other roles that may interest them.

"Even if people aren’t always ready for employment, the events give them the chance to explore their options, chat to employers in different sectors and find out more about Kickstart vacancies.”

Young people have been full of praise for the sessions which are helping them to get back on track.

Lewis Jenkins, 18, of Telford, said: “I really want to get a job so this has helped me a lot and boosted my confidence. Hopefully, new employment is just around the corner.”

Telford Job Box provides support with job vacancies, applications, interview skills, career advice, apprenticeships and training which is all having a huge impact on minimising unemployment.

The sessions have proved so successful that other Jobcentre Plus centres, which are part of the Department for Work and Pensions, are looking to deliver similar sessions in their regions.

Lara Rooney, Kickstart Employment Advisor for Telford Jobcentre Plus, said: “We’ve had an excellent turnout at all these events and we are really grateful that Telford Youth Hub and Job Box have supported them and helped with the Kickstart application process.

“We’d also like to thank all the employers who have given up their time to speak to young people, provide motivational talks and in a number of cases offer them employment the same day.”

Councillor Eileen Callear (Lab), Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Visitor Economy, Employment and Skills, said: “These sessions have been invaluable for young people who want to get back on the employment ladder.

“They have also been an excellent way for young people to meet face-to-face with employers and discuss Kickstart and other employment opportunities.

“Finding employment for this age group is essential to ensure they don’t become long term unemployed and can set their sights on new opportunities and a future career.

“Events like these have given young people the chance to explore their options and make a fresh start on their career journey.”

To find out more about Kickstart and employment opportunities, call Job Box on 01952 382888 or visit Job Box.